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I believe the basis of painting is the expression of that obtained from observing things.

It is how the process of painting has been developed through history. Modern art as known today has developed since Cezanne’s first approach to it.

In the United States, American Abstract Expressionism, represented by Mark Rothko left us with great masterpieces.

In Italy, the figurative interpretation of neo-expressionism, called 3C,(?) developed in a contemporary style and depicted various mysterious people.

In the UK, some significant concepts born in the impressionist era were passed down to many artists . I feel it strongly when I see the works by William Nicholson, Lucian Freud, and Euan Uglow.  Their style developed in a beautiful and simple way.

The artists’ identities (minds, memories, backgrounds etc.) are reflected in their works. Their fundamental concepts were formed through observation and give people a sense of infinite possibilities. The approach toward the subject is not limited and it seems to me that they beautifully combined the Impressionist and Expressionist styles.


My purpose in painting is to express something universal that lasts forever.
I have been working with sincerity, and I keep asking myself if there is anything I can do to leave my mark on art history.

I was born and raised in Japan, on the island of Hokkaido. The island is located at the northern tip of Japan, and Japan is in the eastern end of the Asia.
My ancestors came to this island after a long wander around the continent.In the near future, I might also leave for somewhere else.


I have been trying to convey the ideas of memory and history through my still-life paintings. The objects I paint are ordinary things in my daily life. My goal is not simply to capture the existence of each object, but to find and show the universal concept of each one with its own unique story. It is not the appearance of the moment but eternal phenomenon.


November 2012


Keiki Yamada